Sharp Dressed Man
Posted Oct 20 2005 5:26PM
GQ dishes fashion tips in the wake of the NBA's new dress code
"I was pretty shocked when I heard (about the new dress code). And itís not that I donít believe in guys in suits, because I think Michael Jordan and Pat Riley really started something special. But guys should still be able to have an individuality. I guess thereís a couple things Iíd like to say. I think a lot of great style comes from these sports guys Ė the NBA specifically. Sometimes itís the way they wear a suit or the way they wear jeans, or their track suit or their casual clothes. I think itís very 1950ís to say youíve got to wear a suit. I can understand certain rules like, I donít know what the exact rule is with the jewelry, but maybe thereís certain things that could be cleaned up a bit just like all of us could learn from some sort of a dress code. But to say only suits I think is very limiting.
"That said, there is nothing easier or stylish that a guy can wear than a suit. Because if you can wear a suit, youíre basically dressed, you just have to figure out what the certain tie is that goes with it. But my main concern, and I think that Michael Jordan had this over all of them in the beginning, is that he was very Ė I think Pat Riley taught him or vice versa Ė but itís like they were very concerned with the fit of their suits. Thatís what I get when I look at some of these guys; I think some of them are too tall to wear pinstripes. Some of them are wearing colors too loud. Theyíre taking the suit which is something that has a history to it, but itís also kind of sexy and a cool thing to wear, and theyíre kind of all just looking a little bit cookie cutter-ish. I like the idea that each of these guys takes the suit and gives it the personal expression. I mean, I love a suit with a track jacket under it. I love a suit with a v-neck t-shirt. I love a suit with a colorful shirt and tie or a black tie with a white shirt. I think whatís going to have to happen now is each of the players is going to have to find their own personal style within how they wear these suits because just saying everybody should go get a black suit is wrong. I think they all need to kind of rock it in their own way.
"What I do think a lot of times, and this has nothing to do with sports figures but the average man on the street, is that everybody dresses about five or ten years older than they are. When people put on a suit they think, 'Oh, here comes the suit. Iíve got to look a certain way.' One thing we say at GQ is thereís a way to put on a suit and look your age and have fun with it.
Tips for the Earl Boykins' (5-6) of the NBA
But how to look like Michael Jordan (6-6)?
"For 6-6, I would say stay away from double-breasted, I feel they shield too old. And I think that, again Ė Iím going to keep repeating myself Ė try a two-button suit and only try flat-front pants. Make sure that at 6-6 the suit fits you under the arm hole and in the shoulders. I think that when you can peripherally see your shoulders out of the corner of each eye then theyíre probably too wide. These guys have wide shoulders anyway, so there should be very little padding in their suit jackets. So, I would say beware of a jacket thatís too big. At 6-6 you can really wear a pattern, but solid probably works best. Again, I would stay away from any wild colors, I would stay away from funky greens or purple or anything and just go with a nice khaki for spring or go with a beautiful navy or grey for fall. And, just again, try to get these guys in that two-button suit because the minute they do the three- and four-button suit, the whole front of the suit just comes up too high and then what you risk is just looking like youíre all legs. And you want the jacket to have a lower-button stance so that brings everything in better proportion. A lot of these guys donít know it but they have a very high waist. Their torsos are short, but their legs are long. You have to be aware of those proportions."
And now for the big and very tall, like Yao Ming (7-6)
"Well, I would say stay away from anything thatís Ė I would go pretty simple. I wouldnít do any kind of a stripe or a pattern. I would go with a black or a grey suit. Not to say that someone that tall couldnít wear a khaki suit. I think a black two-button suit. Stand up straight, donít be afraid of the fact that youíre tall and make sure youíre wearing the suit, not the suitís wearing you. Because a lot of these basketball players I see, they think they have great style, and some of them do, but when they put a suit on they assume a different stance and theyíre showing off the suit rather than showing off their personal style. So itís really important that these guys buy a suit thatís comfortable and they get compliments on it. Again, I would just make sure if itís a custom suit that the proportions are perfect."